John Malone's Liberty Global (Nasdaq: LBTYA) is beginning to deploy Horizon TV, an advanced digital video platform that relies on video gateways manufactured by Samsung (OTC: SSNLF.PK), middleware and a user interface from NDS and a video-on-demand system powered by SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC).
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Liberty, which first announced last September that it would deploy Horizon, said it is available on its UPC Netherlands cable operation. The platform, which offers subscribers access to Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia and other Web content through an app store, will launch on Liberty's cable systems in Germany, Switzerland and Ireland within the next three to six months, the company said Friday.
The hybrid platform is similar to Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) Xfinity X1 service, which runs on video gateways manufactured by Pace (LSE: PIC). Liberty said subscribers can use tablets and smartphones to navigate programming, and TV shows and movies can also be streamed to mobile devices and computers.
Liberty said Nagravision is supplying it with an encryption system, and that it supports MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) through an Entropic application. ThinkAnalytics is powering a recommendation engine for the Horizon TV rollout, and Celeno Communications is supplying Liberty with WiFi technology. The Samsung gateway contains the Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) Atom CE Media Processor chip.
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